A particular “Newsletter Guide” launched on Product Hunt recently and caught our eye. Yes, this newsletter is about to get very meta.
The Newsletter Guide is a collaboration between email gurus Yellow Brim, The Shorenstein Center and Lenfest Institute. It's not an intro-level newsletter course, but more of a “201”-level toolkit of resources, strategies and open-source templates for people who run newsletters to collaborate on.
The idea behind the project is to reduce the technical strain behind making a newsletter, and allowing editors to focus more on editorial. Some things the Newsletter Guide covers:
And soooo much more.
The Newsletter Guide comes alongside an uptick in products that make it superrr easy for people to launch newsletters without much hassle. Here are a few:
💌 Substack gives writers a CMS built for publishing paid newsletters
💌 Revue helps you quickly spin up a personal newsletter
💌 Email Newsletter Checklist helps you send error-free emails
💌 Good Bits lets you create newsletters from the best links on the web
💌 Send Check It helps you write better email subjects
💌 EmailDrips is like Dribbble for email drip campaigns
Product News! 😻
Tesla is selling some *different* merchandise. Ja Rule launched a new startup. Ideas hidden in Apple's HomePod patent include: an emoji version of Siri, LED lights that display the weather and Face ID. A 10-minute 'unsend' window is coming to Facebook Messenger. Skype will now let you blur the background during video calls. Foot Locker invested $100M in sneaker platform GOAT. Substack is getting into podcasts. Apple decided to sell refurbished iPhone X phones for $769. Oh and Postmates is going public. 👀